Martha's Vineyard Journals

Biking and Walking around Martha's Vineyard

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A June 2000 trip to Martha's Vineyard by drhough

Yard in Oak Bluffs Photo, Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: Four days biking, walking, and driving around the island, what my partner calls a "reconnaissance expedition"--we would return. We biked around Oak Bluffs and the State Park, walked around Edgartown, and drove to Gay Head Cliffs.

Biking and Walking around Martha's Vineyard

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Overview

One of Many Scenes in Vineyard Haven Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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Talking to the locals in Oak Bluffs, we learned something about the history of some of the "cottages." Some were actually very large summer homes, some B&B's, some condos. We rode around on our bikes looking for photo opps, and when we stopped to shoot a picture, somebody walking in the middle of the street was bound to stop and comment on the gingerbread house we were capturing on film.Quick Tips: Go early, before the first of July, if you want to save money. We found rental costs to be in some cases half-price before the season starts. There are plenty of cottages for rent where you can prepare your own food, too, a great way to be able to stay longer on a limited budget. Plus, there i...Read More

Old Whaling Church

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Attraction

Old Whaling Church Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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We spent the day walking in Edgartown and were delighted to come upon the Old Whaling Church. Admission or donation was extremely cheap, a pittance, so we went in. Standing on the balcony looking down into the sanctuary, I could easily imagine the whalers sitting there, and I sensed that their fear of impending expenditions was built into the design of this church, which couldn't have been anywhere else but in a whaling town. The high arching ceiling with its supports resembles a whale's belly, and I thought of Herman Melville's description of the whalers' quiet prayers. Hell-and-brimstone was certainly preached from this pulpit. I was glad I had stopped. There was no actual "tour," just a girl ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 6, 2001

Old Whaling Church
Main Street
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Manuel Correllus State Forest

Attraction | "Manuel F Correllus State Forest"

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I doubt too many people would even mention this preserve, but we enjoyed it very much. The State Forest is ringed by paved bicycle and jogging trails and criss-crossed with fire roads ideal for hiking and horseback riding. This was perfect for us to regain our biking skills away from the crowds and traffic. We packed a picnic lunch and took off through the trails. The forest was not dense so the various plants, flowers and wildlife made a wonderful presentation of Martha's Vineyard undisturbed. One thing I noticed about the island in general was the almost complete lack of public picnic areas. If you enjoy this activity as we do, take a blanket and make your own. We did.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2001

Manuel Correllus State Forest
Barnes Road
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts 02568
+1 508 693 2540

Biking At Oak Bluffs

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Attraction | "Biking and Gazing at Oak Bluffs"

Biking At Oak Bluffs Photo, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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When my girlfriend suggested designating at least half a day to Oak Bluffs, I could only say "Why?" To save time we decided to drive over with our bikes on the bike rack. A friendly policeman directed us to free longterm parking over by the beach. Once we made the turn and started around the road that circled Ocean Park, I said, "Oh, I see." The whole road was surrounded by beautiful Victorian, Queen Ann, and Gothic Revival homes immaculately maintained and painted so many differant and contrasting colors that the term "rainbow" doesn't even begin to do them justice. I was sold. We parked and off-loaded our bikes then headed staight back to the park for a closer look. One partic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2001

Biking At Oak Bluffs
The "cottage" neighborhood
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Edgartown

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Attraction | "Exploring Edgartown on Foot"

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Edgartown's historic district is a complete contrast to Oak Bluffs. Gone are the gaudy colors and whimsical carpentry. Most of the homes are white with black shutters, and immediately transport you back to a time when the first waves of wealth swept the island with new money building bigger, more spectacular homes than the last. For the most part this was money from the whaling industry and the architecture was Federal and Greek Revival. But, there's more. The oldest, unaltered structure on the island is here. The Vincent House was built in 1672 and is now a small museum, well worth a half hour to get a good, quick overview of the island's 300 year history. On School Street you ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 11, 2001

Edgartown
29 Church St
Edgartown, Massachusetts 02539
+1 508 627 6100